Groups Restrict Categories breaks Yoast

After going in and “one by one” disabling all plugins individually and re-testing, we have found this plugin is breaking the Yoast edit area. The primary errors are in web dev tools are as such:

Uncaught TypeError:…) is null

Are you aware of this error and can provide a fix?

We are using Version 2.3.0 at the current time. When rolling back to a prior version (2.1.2 is the last avaiable version we had), the issue goes away.

Please advise. Thank you.

12 Responses to Groups Restrict Categories breaks Yoast

  1. George February 1, 2022 at 10:59 am #

    Hi again,

    There are two new versions released Groups 2.16.1 and Groups Restrict Categories 2.4.0 and I would recommend you to update your installations.


  2. George January 27, 2022 at 11:33 pm #

    FYI, version 2.3.0 is the current version and the new update hasn’t been released yet.


  3. George January 27, 2022 at 4:17 pm #

    Thanks for the follow-up ZEF.

    As for Groups Restrict Categories we will also release an update shortly which will fix the error appearing in the browser console.


    • bmpfitness January 27, 2022 at 5:46 pm #

      Looking forward to the fix, as v2.3.0 does not correct the issue. Thank you.

  4. ZEF January 15, 2022 at 10:20 am #

    Hi George,

    I can confirm this happens on my install too, using latest WordPress, WooCommerce and Yoast plugins.

    Do you have a fix coming up?

    • George January 19, 2022 at 9:10 am #

      Hi Zef,

      Do you only get the error in the browser console or are there also any other irregular behaviours in functionality? Can you please provide a brief description?


      • ZEF January 25, 2022 at 11:26 am #

        No, the entire Yoast section on the post edit page is rendered unusable.

        • ZEF January 27, 2022 at 8:31 am #

          It appears a recent update fixed this issue. I’ll report back when something is amiss.

          • bmpfitness January 27, 2022 at 5:45 pm #

            This is incorrect. The most recent 2.3.0 version does NOT fix the issue. Is there a newer version than this??

  5. George January 13, 2022 at 9:58 pm #

    Hi Patricia,

    Yes of course we will issue an update for the plugin since it produces an error. Once this is released you will find an update notice in the usual place, in your Dashboard under Plugins.

    Thanks a lot for your feedback, it is highly appreciated.

    Kind regards,

  6. bmpfitness January 13, 2022 at 5:38 pm #

    The Yoast SEO edit screen is rendered useless with the latest version of Restrict Categories. I don’t know at which version it broke, but rolling back to 2.1.2 was all we had available, as I’ve mentioned. The Restrict plugin works using 2.3.0 but we can’t have a failed Yoast SEO section, as it drives meta details on the frontend of the website. Downgrading was our only option to have both plugins work properly. Do you plan to fix your plugin to work properly with Yoast, or should we start to condiser removing/replacing the Restrict plugin? Thank you.

  7. George January 13, 2022 at 5:10 pm #

    Hi Patricia,

    Welcome to our support forum and many thanks for your feedback.

    Indeed the issue occurs but I’m only getting it in the browser console when trying to add a new product or edit an existing one with WooCommerce. When does it occur on your side and most importantly does it affect in any way the functionality of the plugin.
    I haven’t noticed anything unusual while testing but your feedback on this matter would be greatly appreciated. Furthermore, I’ll have a more thorough look at this error and will follow-up once there is an update.

    As a side-note I would also recommend you to avoid any kind of downgrading because this is something not natively supported by our plugins or WordPress itself.

    Kind regards,

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